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Focus On: Harley Viera Newton

Harley Viera Newton is one of those multihyphenate New Yorkers who you’re sure has given up sleep to accomplish everything they have in such a short amount of time. The model and DJ — a dual career path that makes sense given her father’s time in the music biz and her mother’s former career as a model herself — has worked for some of the top labels, in front of the camera and behind the decks. Both gorgeous and talented, she was a perfect fit for Dior, who made her the in-house DJ for Dior Beauty, as well as an ambassador of the brand. 

Luckily for us, last night Harley spun at an event celebrating eBay’s My Gadgets, which lets you catalogue your tech collections and find out how much each item is worth. Which gadgets would end up in Harley’s catalogue? Technics headphones and 1200 turntables, an iPhone 5, the famed Tetris Nintendo 64 game. The list goes on. (Don’t worry, you can find all of them below with links to buy them yourself). We asked Miss Newton about what gadgets keep her on-time, on-target, and, most importantly, having a great time. 

Jenny Bahn: You do so many things. If you could describe your busy lifestyle in one sentence, what would it be?

Harley Viera Newton: It’s a balance of everything I love!

JB: Favorite memory as a kid playing video games? 

HVN: I definitely remember many hours spent on the Nintendo 64 with friends. It was all about Mario Kart and Mario Party. Oh, and Pokemon Snap.

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JB: What’s your favorite part of photography? 

HVN: Looking back at the photos a few years later. There’s nothing better than flipping through a box of #TBTs.

JB: Favorite types of camera to shoot with and why?

HVN: I love my Contax T3. It’s a compact and easy point and shoot but the quality of the photos is stunning.

JB: Are you an Apple junkie like the rest of us? What are your fave products and why?

HVN: Definitely a devoted Apple user! I now use my MacBook Air to DJ which has been a major game changer travel wise — it made me my retire my iPad. But the iPhone is obviously an essential, too. 

Harley’s full list of fave gadgets include: Nintendo 64iPadPioneer 600MacBook AirKindleCrosley record playervintage Contax camera, Nintendo 64 games (Mario KartZeldaTetrisvintage binocularstabletop telescopevintage RCA Victor Tabletop Record Player

(Photo courtesy of Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com, eBay seller msm_DJ and yekiteks. Text by Jenny Bahn)

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The Way of the Feather

If you’re looking to doll up a chic dress or T-shirt this spring, take a look at Wilhelm and their unique feathered caplets and scarves. Designer Megan Guip mostly handcrafts these striking pieces herself with a small team. This New York creative spirit served as J. Crew’s Design Director for 13 years before deciding to break out with her own signature line. The Inside Source asked Megan, a vintage queen, the secrets of her trade…

Jauretsi: What was the most important thing you learned while working at J. Crew that you maintain in your business moving forward?

Megan Guip: One word: Integrity.

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J: Of all materials to take on for a fashion line, explain why you gravitate to feathers, and what is it like sourcing and working with such fragile objects?

MG: Feathers are such an exquisite medium to work with. I’m in awe of their beauty and perfection. It takes patience finding the right color, quality, and texture. For how delicate they are I’m always impressed with their durability… think about it, birds are wearing them while battling all the elements.

J: For the eBay junkies, tell us your top three list of items you always search for in the world of vintage.

MG: At the moment it’s novelty jackets, Uzbekistan textiles, and home furnishings.

J: What can we expect from you every season in terms of this line? 

MG: I’m not really designing seasonally; my pieces are seasonless. What I’m anxious to explore is dip-dyeing and painting with metallics so they look gilded. The shapes will evolve organically, meaning whatever inspires me in the process.

J: Do you have any tips or tricks when searching/scouring on eBay?

MG: I got my tips from a friend who is a serial eBay-er: Only the last seven seconds count… hunt like a tiger… crouch, then pounce!

(Photo courtesy of Wilhelm. Text by Jauretsi)
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Company Girl: Louise du Toit  of Acne
Title: Acne Studios Country Manager, North America. 
What you generally do all day: Work! I run around, visit stores and clients, and try to make sure Acne is represented in the best way possible on shop floors as well as in press. Protector of the brand.  
Describe work environment: I’m the old lady in office, believe it or not. My employees “keep me young.” Lots of rap, trap, whatever they are into. As long as everyone is happy, I’m happy. We have a beautiful office downtown. Crazy 360 views of the city. As long as we are hitting goals and budgets, the vibe is pretty relaxed. We all get along and work together to make Acne Studios what it is here in North America. Love my job. 
Favorite eBay score: A red Celine scarf.
Clothing: Coat: Acne | Shirt: Acne | Jeans: Acne | Boots: Acne | Sunglasses: Acne | Bag: Celine | Necklace: J.Crew | Nathan’s Dog Sweater: American Apparel 
(Photo: Melodie Jeng. Q&A by Jauretsi)
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Company Girl: Louise du Toit  of Acne

Title: Acne Studios Country Manager, North America. 

What you generally do all day: Work! I run around, visit stores and clients, and try to make sure Acne is represented in the best way possible on shop floors as well as in press. Protector of the brand.  

Describe work environment: I’m the old lady in office, believe it or not. My employees “keep me young.” Lots of rap, trap, whatever they are into. As long as everyone is happy, I’m happy. We have a beautiful office downtown. Crazy 360 views of the city. As long as we are hitting goals and budgets, the vibe is pretty relaxed. We all get along and work together to make Acne Studios what it is here in North America. Love my job. 

Favorite eBay score: A red Celine scarf.

Clothing: Coat: Acne | Shirt: Acne | Jeans: Acne | Boots: Acne | Sunglasses: Acne | Bag: Celine | Necklace: J.Crew | Nathan’s Dog Sweater: American Apparel 

(Photo: Melodie Jeng. Q&A by Jauretsi)

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Meet Eric Villency
Eric Villency is an incredibly diverse, passionate, and creative soul. As Principal for the family company, Villency, Eric spends most of his days designing and manufacturing a myriad of gorgeous products. Other projects include the recent renovation of the historic Ritz Carlton Palm Beach. The interdisciplinary designer shared a few minutes with The Inside Source to discuss his recent design coups as well as his expertise recommendations from his favorite car hunts (set your eBay alerts!)
Jauretsi: As Principal of the Villency Design Group , a long standing family business, what is the one trait maintained after all these years? By that token, what fresh thinking do you strive to bring to the heritage of the brand?
Eric Villency: Being a creative design company, we are constantly evolving and working on new projects. Fresh thinking is inspired by our people, our clients and the world around us so change is constant.  Our reputation and heritage is based upon… [MORE] quality and the proficiency of our work. Today we design and manufacture a dizzying range of products, from Spin bikes to hair dryers, to glass bottles, apparel, and electronics among a host of other categories. The amazing support staff we have dedicated to quality control, logistics and fabrication has allowed to explore these new creative fields and it’s gratifying that that ethic has enabled new opportunities and projects.  
J: Can you put into words what is your Style Modus Operandi? Your closet in a nutshell?
EV: I learned everything about fashion from my Grandfather. He had a fantastic sense of style that was very masculine and effortless. Things I think about are quality over quantity and attention to detail always resonates with me. My mainstays tend toward classic and I try to inject some personality and individuality by mixing in some color or pairing vintage with new and high with low.  
J: What are the top 3 things you believe every man should possess in his closet?
EV: A well tailored Suit (versatile enough to pair with jeans), a great pair of shoes (they are something you wear every day), and a sweater stylish enough for the office and socializing afterwards, but also practical enough to travel in — think the special service sweater from Triple Aught Design 
J: What are your passions on the side? In other words, when not working, what do you spend the most time doing?
EV: I have a young son so spending time with him is a priority. Outside of chasing him around, I love being physically and creatively active. Creatively I love to fix up vintage furniture and when it’s time for some training I favor running, biking and swimming. It’s been great working on so many wellness projects lately like the Soul Cycle spin bike, fitness apparel, and the Organic Avenue glass bottle because my two passions for design and health came together.  
J: iPhone or Blackberry?
EV: Iphone. But would love to work on a new design for the Blackberry (just saying….) 
J: iPad or Powerbook?
EV: Both… 1/2 of my life is spent working on designs and the other half is showing them to people  
J: What is your favorite app? Why?
EV: Uber… Neither rain, nor snow, nor gloom of night are a factor any longer for scoring a ride home in NYC with this app. Easy to use and easy to love
J: Tell us how you found your ‘95 LandRover, and why you chose the model?
EV: I was looking for a vintage beach truck for awhile.  It is a classic model that has brawn and style. It hasn’t been sold in the United States for some time but it still turns heads (and for me the key on these old cars is having the V8, otherwise while they may look great they can perform like a golf cart).   
J: Are there any other car models you obsessively search for?
EV: I love reworking anything vintage. Great platforms to have some fun with and are the International Harvester Scout, Ford Bronco and the Dodge Power Wagon.  All have serious potential and I’m hoping one will be my next project that I can get ready in time for summer.  
J: What is next on your plate of projects?
EV: We are working on some exciting projects for Rockstar Energy, the CFDA, Equinox, and a few new international hotel projects.  
(Photo and Text by Jauretsi)

Meet Eric Villency

Eric Villency is an incredibly diverse, passionate, and creative soul. As Principal for the family company, Villency, Eric spends most of his days designing and manufacturing a myriad of gorgeous products. Other projects include the recent renovation of the historic Ritz Carlton Palm Beach. The interdisciplinary designer shared a few minutes with The Inside Source to discuss his recent design coups as well as his expertise recommendations from his favorite car hunts (set your eBay alerts!)

Jauretsi: As Principal of the Villency Design Group , a long standing family business, what is the one trait maintained after all these years? By that token, what fresh thinking do you strive to bring to the heritage of the brand?

Eric Villency: Being a creative design company, we are constantly evolving and working on new projects. Fresh thinking is inspired by our people, our clients and the world around us so change is constant.  Our reputation and heritage is based upon… [MORE] quality and the proficiency of our work. Today we design and manufacture a dizzying range of products, from Spin bikes to hair dryers, to glass bottles, apparel, and electronics among a host of other categories. The amazing support staff we have dedicated to quality control, logistics and fabrication has allowed to explore these new creative fields and it’s gratifying that that ethic has enabled new opportunities and projects.  

J: Can you put into words what is your Style Modus Operandi? Your closet in a nutshell?

EV: I learned everything about fashion from my Grandfather. He had a fantastic sense of style that was very masculine and effortless. Things I think about are quality over quantity and attention to detail always resonates with me. My mainstays tend toward classic and I try to inject some personality and individuality by mixing in some color or pairing vintage with new and high with low.  

J: What are the top 3 things you believe every man should possess in his closet?

EV: A well tailored Suit (versatile enough to pair with jeans), a great pair of shoes (they are something you wear every day), and a sweater stylish enough for the office and socializing afterwards, but also practical enough to travel in — think the special service sweater from Triple Aught Design 

J: What are your passions on the side? In other words, when not working, what do you spend the most time doing?

EV: I have a young son so spending time with him is a priority. Outside of chasing him around, I love being physically and creatively active. Creatively I love to fix up vintage furniture and when it’s time for some training I favor running, biking and swimming. It’s been great working on so many wellness projects lately like the Soul Cycle spin bike, fitness apparel, and the Organic Avenue glass bottle because my two passions for design and health came together.  

J: iPhone or Blackberry?

EV: Iphone. But would love to work on a new design for the Blackberry (just saying….) 

J: iPad or Powerbook?

EV: Both… 1/2 of my life is spent working on designs and the other half is showing them to people  

J: What is your favorite app? Why?

EV: Uber… Neither rain, nor snow, nor gloom of night are a factor any longer for scoring a ride home in NYC with this app. Easy to use and easy to love

J: Tell us how you found your ‘95 LandRover, and why you chose the model?

EV: I was looking for a vintage beach truck for awhile.  It is a classic model that has brawn and style. It hasn’t been sold in the United States for some time but it still turns heads (and for me the key on these old cars is having the V8, otherwise while they may look great they can perform like a golf cart).   

J: Are there any other car models you obsessively search for?

EV: I love reworking anything vintage. Great platforms to have some fun with and are the International Harvester Scout, Ford Bronco and the Dodge Power Wagon.  All have serious potential and I’m hoping one will be my next project that I can get ready in time for summer.  

J: What is next on your plate of projects?

EV: We are working on some exciting projects for Rockstar Energy, the CFDA, Equinox, and a few new international hotel projects.  

(Photo and Text by Jauretsi)